✔ Includes one POWERUP 4.0 kit
✔ Go beyond paper planes and explore entry level RC airplanes that you make using sheet foam and Balsa Wood
✔ designed by Josh Bixler from Flitetest and Brad & Bruce Williamson from Nighthawk Gliders.
✔ Takeoff and landing gear from the ground
✔ Quick connect parts for connecting foam balsa and cardboard wings to your POWERUP
I bought the Pro Bundle as a Christmas present for my flying elder son, so we cannot discover its wonders until after then !! Thank you for your innovation.
This is the most amazing little device! With a little creativity, some paper/tape, a PowerUp 4.0 module, and a USB powerbank, you can have an entire afternoon of flight, a chance to teach or explore aerodynamics, or all three! First of all, the PowerUp 4.0 is extremely sturdy, the build quality is fantastic. My only structural concern is the bluetooth antenna, which is a thin wire protruding from a hard plastic protector. In an upside-down/flip crash it could shear off the bulk of the antenna, which would likely require replacement to properly connect again. Other than that, it's got a foam nose cushion to protect against direct impacts, and extra propellers in case you lose one. I've flown a variety of models built from anything from balsa wood, to foam, cardstock, paper, and even parchiment paper (that one doesn't work so well, tape won't stick to it). The PowerUp module tries valliantly to stablize whatever it's attached to. (This gets me thinking: I wonder if anyone has tried flying models built from aluminum foil?) NOTE: for your first few flights try to have a grass field large enough; if you try to fly it around your neighborhood without experience, you may or may not end up stuck up under your neighbor's solar panels! (True story, I did. No damage. He was gracious.) As far as range is concerned, I always fly keenly aware of the fact that the connection is over BTLE, but I've never had it go out of range for me. I've probably reached a max of 200 ft altitude, but make sure your model is pointed in a "safe" direction just in case, because if it disconnects, I suspect it'll just cut power and glide. Each model you build/fly can have dramatically different flight characteristics. I've flown the balsa model in 10-12 mph winds, but for most paper planes you pretty much need still air, if you can find it. Try flying mornings and evenings unless you have a fast model and experience. If it's gusty, probably best to stay land-bound. PowerUp Toys has built positive relationships throughout the enthusiast community, and has worked tirelessly to bring the PowerUp 4.0 to market in a trying year. I've watched them every step of the way, and they deserve to be proud: the PoweUp 4.0 module is an amazing product at an amazing price. Kickstarter Backer #536
The PowerUp 4.0 is by far the best PowerUp yet! I have been having a blast building different airframes to fly! While paper airplanes are fun, where this unit really shines is in building your own foam and balsa airplanes and sending them into the air! With the built in stabilization, it seems like you really can make just about anything fly! I love it and highly recommend the PowerUp 4.0!
The POWERUP 4.0 is a propeller module, power source and flight computer that makes paper planes capable of independent flight. You can add it to any paper, light balsa wood or foam plane. To control the plane, download the POWERUP 4.0 app for iOS or Android.
The POWERUP is perfect for anyone who’s dreamed of flying. The onboard flight computer and autopilot control flight quality, making it easy to fly a variety of designs.
Very. Tilt your phone left or right to control which way you turn or use the tuning setting in the app to get extra control over your flight.
Yes. As long as it weighs under 20 grams. While its predecessors (the 3.0 and the 2.0) worked best with very precisely folded planes, the 4.0 is powerful enough to fly all kinds of models. We even tested it on a plane made of lettuce leaves… and it worked.
We support any iOS or Android device that has Bluetooth 4.0 and a gyro.
The POWERUP 4.0 has a range of 240 feet. If you go beyond that, the app will lose communication with the bluetooth chip in the propeller and your plane will land.
Thanks to the onboard flight computer and stabilizers, you can use the 4.0 in less-than-perfect weather. If you’re flying a paper plane, it’s still best to avoid rainy days though. And for the smoothest flights, aim for clear, sunny, calm days.
It depends. The POWERUP 4.0 may be a super successful gift if you’re giving it to someone who loves making paper airplanes, loves creating things and loves flying. The 4.0 is also a great starter gift for anyone looking to get into RC flight.
Yes. You can use the 4.0 to give your kids a strong foundation in aeronautics. Crafting a plane from a sheet of paper, adjusting it for a perfect glide and controlling it, provides a challenging yet fulfilling educational experience. And thanks to the extra thrust in the 4.0, you can encourage students to design foam and balsa wood planes and put them to the test too.
We designed the POWERUP module to survive most crashes. It’s made with durable carbon fiber rods and polypropylene plastic. The bumper is made with rubber. Still though… no machine is unbreakable. If you run your plane into a wall - repeatedly - your POWERUP may sustain some damage. That’s why we recommend trying to land on something soft - like the grass in your local park.
The POWERUP 4.0 is our most advanced version to date. If you want the easiest flying experience that works out the box, the 4.0 is perfect. If you like a challenge - and love tinkering with things until they work - the 3.0 may give you just the right level of stimulation. And if you just want to fly a paper plane without using your phone, then the 2.0 could be the one for you.
No. The FAA only requires registration for drones that weigh 0.5 lb/ 250 grams or more.The POWERUP 4.0 weighs less than 19 grams.
You can return an unused product within 30 days of purchase.
We provide a full 1 year warranty on all parts except for the propellers and batteries. Our battery warranty lasts for 6 months from order.